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    Giorgio Armani Lip Magnets⎜402, 403

    There is a great new lip product out from Giorgio Armani. These are super matte, long-lasting, super pigmented liquid lipsticks that are absolutely non-drying. I’ve tried other liquid lipsticks from Giorgio Armani and from other luxury brands, but from all those products I’ve tried, this is my favorite. Read more

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    RIMMEL Lip Lacquers

    Today I want to rave about a brand new liquid lipstick or “lip lacquer” range that is beyond anything I’ve tried before. I’ve tried quite a few: Hourglass, Giorgio Armani, and YSL liquid lipsticks. I’ve reviewed the Hourglass and Giorgio Armani here. Although they each have their pros and cons, I have to say that a brand half their price has done the best! I’m talking about the Rimmel Lip Lacquers: Apocalips or also known as Show Off lip lacquers. 

    Although I’m not sure if Apocalips and Show Off are the same thing (sold in different names from UK and the States), the formulation seems to be the same (and by the reviews, people are saying so). When I was in the UK, I went to Boots and bought these two shades: Apocaliptic and Shooting Star 

    Then, a reader of my blog informed me that Walgreens actually sells these lip lacquers! So, I checked it out and decided to get these two other shades: Big Bang and Celestial


    Here’s what I love about these lip lacquers:

    • Formulation: Ever so creamy! Not only should lip products go on creamy on the lips, they should also fade away without cracking and drying up the lips. These lip lacquers are perfect in that they go on so super creamy (like lip butters) and when they fade or you take them off, they don’t strip away your lips! The formulation is what I love the most about this product. 
    • Wear: Super long-lasting! Although it goes on super creamy, that doesn’t mean they just fade away from the lips easily. I can’t say exactly how many hours it stays on the lips, but I can say that it’s pretty long where you don’t have to touchup constantly.
    • Pigmentation: Rich and really pigmented. The more vibrant the shade, the more you’ll probably have to be careful in applying them!
    • Packaging & Applicator: this is really easy to apply, so even if you are working with vibrant shades, you don’t have to worry too much about getting it wrong. The packaging is very travel friendly, and for the price, it’s tres bon! 
    • Shades
      • Apocaliptic: cherry-pink that sometimes look red and sometimes fuchsia under different lights. It’s super bright and super pretty.
      • Big Bang: just think, Marilyn Monroe red! Hollywood-glam.
      • Celestial: everyday, easy pink wear that can’t go wrong! I thought it looked really similar to the Kate Moss 107 lipstick shade
      • Shooting Star: ugh, such a pretty nude! I have a light-medium beige skin tone, and this nude complements my skin really well! It doesn’t look washed out, and it really perfects the lip! 
    I love every single shade I have. I don’t know if I need to go out and buy any more shades because I think I covered most of what I was looking for! If you want to try them out and you really want to be sure of what really is worth the buy, let me recommend: Shooting Star for that perfect nude, Big Bang for that perfect red, and finally for that perfect pretty in pink shade I recommend Celestial
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    RIMMEL Lip Lacquers

    Today I want to rave about a brand new liquid lipstick or “lip lacquer” range that is beyond anything I’ve tried before. I’ve tried quite a few: Hourglass, Giorgio Armani, and YSL liquid lipsticks. I’ve reviewed the Hourglass and Giorgio Armani here. Although they each have their pros and cons, I have to say that a brand half their price has done the best! I’m talking about the Rimmel Lip Lacquers: Apocalips or also known as Show Off lip lacquers. 

    Although I’m not sure if Apocalips and Show Off are the same thing (sold in different names from UK and the States), the formulation seems to be the same (and by the reviews, people are saying so). When I was in the UK, I went to Boots and bought these two shades: Apocaliptic and Shooting Star 

    Then, a reader of my blog informed me that Walgreens actually sells these lip lacquers! So, I checked it out and decided to get these two other shades: Big Bang and Celestial


    Here’s what I love about these lip lacquers:

    • Formulation: Ever so creamy! Not only should lip products go on creamy on the lips, they should also fade away without cracking and drying up the lips. These lip lacquers are perfect in that they go on so super creamy (like lip butters) and when they fade or you take them off, they don’t strip away your lips! The formulation is what I love the most about this product. 
    • Wear: Super long-lasting! Although it goes on super creamy, that doesn’t mean they just fade away from the lips easily. I can’t say exactly how many hours it stays on the lips, but I can say that it’s pretty long where you don’t have to touchup constantly.
    • Pigmentation: Rich and really pigmented. The more vibrant the shade, the more you’ll probably have to be careful in applying them!
    • Packaging & Applicator: this is really easy to apply, so even if you are working with vibrant shades, you don’t have to worry too much about getting it wrong. The packaging is very travel friendly, and for the price, it’s tres bon! 
    • Shades
      • Apocaliptic: cherry-pink that sometimes look red and sometimes fuchsia under different lights. It’s super bright and super pretty.
      • Big Bang: just think, Marilyn Monroe red! Hollywood-glam.
      • Celestial: everyday, easy pink wear that can’t go wrong! I thought it looked really similar to the Kate Moss 107 lipstick shade
      • Shooting Star: ugh, such a pretty nude! I have a light-medium beige skin tone, and this nude complements my skin really well! It doesn’t look washed out, and it really perfects the lip! 
    I love every single shade I have. I don’t know if I need to go out and buy any more shades because I think I covered most of what I was looking for! If you want to try them out and you really want to be sure of what really is worth the buy, let me recommend: Shooting Star for that perfect nude, Big Bang for that perfect red, and finally for that perfect pretty in pink shade I recommend Celestial
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    Liquid Lipsticks: Hourglass & Giorgio Armani

    I recently purchased the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick on a whim. It wasn’t much planned, but when I read about it on a few beauty blogs and swatched it at the Sephora Hourglass counter, I thought, hey this must be good. 
    Because I already have the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in the shade 504, which is a vibrant bright red, I thought I’d go for something a bit more wearable than that. I opted for Hourglass shade in “Muse”. It seemed a softer yet still vibrant coral-red. The darker skin toned you are, this shade will probably pop out more. On me, it looks very bright and more red than a soft coral. 

    After using it for a few days and discovering so many pros about it, I thought I’d do a little comparison between the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro and the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick. In some essence, they are of the same concept. They are more lipsticks than lip glosses that come in gloss-like packaging. They are both intensely pigmented and super creamy on the lips. The glide on like whip cream and give this subtle ground between matte and natural-gloss. They don’t make your lips powdery matte, but then again, it doesn’t bring out some false gloss to the lips either. They give that wonderful middle ground.

    Both are super long-lasting. As long as you aren’t eating and drinking with this on, they can probably last up to 10 hours. By that time, it might even tint your lips in that shade. I find however, that the Giorgio Armani lip maestro tints the lips more than the Hourglass Opaque Rouge.

    Both also have similar applications. The wand has a little felt tip that makes applying easier. In terms of packaging, I must say that the Giorgio Armani lip maestro looks quite the luxury, but even with the small tube packaging, the Hourglass Opaque Rouge carries chic with it too! Being that there is much more in the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro, it costs for more… price of $32. The Hourglass Opaque Rouge costs $28.

    The more important difference I found between the two was that I found the Hourglass Opaque Rouge much less drying on the lips. The Giorgio Armani lip maestro can get quite drying. I often find that I have put Elizabeth Arden 8hr Cream on, before or after the lipstick application. However, the Hourglass Opaque Rouge doesn’t dry out the lips even after you’ve smacked and puckered up your lips several times. I can’t say that they are anything as hydrating as say the Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited or the Burberry Lip Mists but then again, they are of different formulation!

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    Liquid Lipsticks: Hourglass & Giorgio Armani

    I recently purchased the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick on a whim. It wasn’t much planned, but when I read about it on a few beauty blogs and swatched it at the Sephora Hourglass counter, I thought, hey this must be good. 
    Because I already have the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in the shade 504, which is a vibrant bright red, I thought I’d go for something a bit more wearable than that. I opted for Hourglass shade in “Muse”. It seemed a softer yet still vibrant coral-red. The darker skin toned you are, this shade will probably pop out more. On me, it looks very bright and more red than a soft coral. 

    After using it for a few days and discovering so many pros about it, I thought I’d do a little comparison between the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro and the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick. In some essence, they are of the same concept. They are more lipsticks than lip glosses that come in gloss-like packaging. They are both intensely pigmented and super creamy on the lips. The glide on like whip cream and give this subtle ground between matte and natural-gloss. They don’t make your lips powdery matte, but then again, it doesn’t bring out some false gloss to the lips either. They give that wonderful middle ground.

    Both are super long-lasting. As long as you aren’t eating and drinking with this on, they can probably last up to 10 hours. By that time, it might even tint your lips in that shade. I find however, that the Giorgio Armani lip maestro tints the lips more than the Hourglass Opaque Rouge.

    Both also have similar applications. The wand has a little felt tip that makes applying easier. In terms of packaging, I must say that the Giorgio Armani lip maestro looks quite the luxury, but even with the small tube packaging, the Hourglass Opaque Rouge carries chic with it too! Being that there is much more in the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro, it costs for more… price of $32. The Hourglass Opaque Rouge costs $28.

    The more important difference I found between the two was that I found the Hourglass Opaque Rouge much less drying on the lips. The Giorgio Armani lip maestro can get quite drying. I often find that I have put Elizabeth Arden 8hr Cream on, before or after the lipstick application. However, the Hourglass Opaque Rouge doesn’t dry out the lips even after you’ve smacked and puckered up your lips several times. I can’t say that they are anything as hydrating as say the Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited or the Burberry Lip Mists but then again, they are of different formulation!

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